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The availability and cost of antibiotics for treating PID in the Central Region of Ghana and implications for compliance with national treatment guidelines

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/09/1998
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of STD and AIDS
Issue number9
Number of pages3
Pages (from-to)551-553
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The availability and cost of antibiotics for treating pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) were assessed in 17 drug-dispensing outlets in 5 districts of the Central Region, Ghana. The outlets included the dispensaries of 2 regional and 4 district hospitals, 4 privately-owned pharmacies and 7 chemical seller shops. The most common antibiotics available, including co-trimoxazole, metronidazole, benzylpenicillin, amoxycillin, chloramphenicol and gentamicin, were also the lowest-priced drugs. Conversely, the most expensive antibiotics including ceftriaxone, ciprofloxacin, cefuroxime and spectinomycin, were also the least commonly available. Recommended anti-gonococcal antibiotics (ciprofloxacin, ceftriaxone) may not be prescribed if they are not available in the districts.